In the waning days of summer, 2005, a
storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima peels the face
off of southern Louisiana.
This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish
Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers when he is deployed to New
Orleans. As James Lee Burke’s new novel, The
Tin Roof Blowdown, begins, Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial
district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of
every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed and New Orleans
reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, and no
sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the
streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an
apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a
morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the
criminals looting the city.
singular style that defines the genre, James Lee Burke has created a hauntingly
bleak picture of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Filled with
complex characters and depictions of people at both their best and worst, The Tin Roof Blowdown is not only an
action-packed crime thriller but a poignant story of courage and sacrifice that
critics are calling Burke’s best work. Download and start listening now!